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Q&A, plus giveaway, with Charlene Teglia

To survive, she’ll have to keep up with him all day. And all night…

Take Me, Lover, Book 3

Jill Martin loves adventure—as long as it comes between the covers of a book. Preferably one sporting a bare-chested hero. But to reinvent her faltering travel agency, she needs to start with reinventing herself. Her assignment: a three-day backpacking trip through the Olympic High Divide.

Soon she’s forced to cope with bears, blisters, and a basic instinct to get horizontal with her vertical guide. He’s as hard as the ground they sleep on and his heart’s as icy as the glaciers that surround them. Not a problem, since she’s only interested in his body.

Ryan Lowe knows how to read terrain, and Jill’s is easy. Soft lips, soft eyes, soft curves, soft muscles. She won’t last a day. Plus, if she knew what his imagination was doing with her body right now, she’d turn tail and run. Yet the city girl surprises him with her sheer grit—and sassy tongue.

When they run into geocachers using the remote location as a drug drop-off, there’s only one way to escape—plunge headlong into the untracked wilderness. As she puts her life in Ryan’s hands, Jill wonders if she’s in danger of losing something more precious. Her heart.

Hi Charlene! Thank you for agreeing to an author interview today.

Lillie, thanks for asking me.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself? How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing daily since I was 12. I’m 42, so that’s 30 years of ingrained habit.

What is your writing process like?

There are multiple stages, so I always have several projects going in various stages. One idea might be getting researched while another one is at the proposal stage. One is in the process of being written, another is being revised, another proof-read before release, and so on. My process is very organic, plots and worldbuilding grow from the characters and the situation they’re in.

Can you tell us about your newest releases, Adventure Lover and Bride of Fire?

Adventure Lover is the 3rd in the Take Me, Lover series from Samhain. These are hot contemporary romances with men who aren’t SEALs or supernaturals, romance with an emotional punch and a thrill of danger. Adventure Lover is the story of a woman who sets out to explore the wilderness and push her own limits, and the man who pushes them with her.

Bride of Fire is an erotic retelling of the myth of Persephone and Hades. It’s part of All Romance Ebook’s 28 Days of Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association. When you buy a copy, you do something good for your heart and for somebody else’s.

Captive for his pleasure…

Hades, Lord of the Underworld, rules the realm of darkness but his kingdom has no queen. He burns for Persephone who lives in the world above. If he could only lure her below, she would taste the passion he alone can offer and agree to stay and rule by his side.

Persephone falls into Hades’ trap and becomes his captive. He offers her his bed and a throne, but will he offer her what she truly wants—his heart?


Do you have other books releasing this year?

Yes, Dangerous Lover, the fourth and final installment of the Take Me, Lover series will release from Samhain this spring. Red Queen, also from Samhain, is the sequel to Animal Attraction. The Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance in May contains my story Shoot to Thrill. Then in June, July and August my Wishmasters trilogy will release from Carina Press; these stories are tales of the Djinn and the women they fall for, three hot romances with one over-arching storyline. In the fall there’s Kiss of the Demon, the second Shadow Guardians novel from Samhain. I believe the Mammoth Book of Hot Romance which contains my story Wolf at the Door will also release in 2010.

What are you currently working on?

Right now? Revisions for Dangerous Lover, Red Queen, Djinn and Sin (Wishmasters #1) and Wolf at the Door, in various stages of the process.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

The overall answer is that I have the kind of brain wired to develop story ideas. More specific answers: for Dangerous Lover, I wanted to write about a hot firefighter in a southern setting. The story grew from that kernel. For Adventure Lover, I wanted to write about a city girl thrown together with a wilderness guide. For Bride of Fire, I wanted to write the romance of Hades and Persephone because I always believed the story was romantic.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I love reading mysteries, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, Young Adult. To name just a few, I will buy anything by Lynn Viehl under her various pen names, Lori Armstrong/Lorelei James, Shannon Stacey, Maya Banks, Lauren Dane, Ilona Andrews, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, Dean Koontz, Kristopher Reisz. I hate making lists like this because I always forget people, this is just a sample and not a complete list.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

I have several large bookcases full of keepers. Too many to list.

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?

It’s not really a romance, but I’d say A Wrinkle In Time, because Meg and Calvin’s romance is timeless and it’s really the first story with an important romance storyline I remember reading.

If one your books was made into a movie, which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

I really can’t say. I don’t think in terms of celebrity types for my characters; they are their own people in my head and I can’t really see them as anybody else.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters, who would it be & why?

I’d never want to end up in one of my own stories! My characters have to fight bad guys and go through all sorts of unpleasant situations I never want to find myself in. I like a more peaceful life.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Spending time with family and friends, raising kids, opening and closing doors for cats, painting, baking, gardening, hiking, camping.

If you could ask readers any question, what would it be?

Do you read ebooks? If not, why not?

Where can readers find you on the internet?

My blog, news, covers, excerpts and release information can be found on my website at www.charleneteglia.com. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook and I’m tracking my year in reading at Goodreads.

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